This weekend we went to Riverside to see the Maitreya Heart Shrine Relic Tour. For over a decade, this tour has brought relics of the Buddha and over 40 other Buddhist masters to locations around the world. The relics were displayed around a large altar with this Buddha Bath blessing area in front; we all dipped water from the ladle and poured it over the baby Buddha.
Some of the other objects on the beautiful large altar. But, what are the relics? I have not included photos of them on this post. Here is a description of the relics from the Maitreya Relic Tour website, where you can also see photos of them (and get a schedule of upcoming tour locations):
"The relics are clearly visible inside display cases that encircle a life-size, golden statue of the Maitreya Buddha. Visitors may participate in a Blessing Ceremony where the relics of the Buddha are gently placed on the crown of the visitor’s head for a personal blessing."
I experienced all of what is described above--inspiration, healing, powerful emotions, the presence of a vast loving-kindness, and a heart opening. The sign says: "You are welcome to ring this bell as an offering of sound to delight your spiritual guide."
This is a copy of "The Sutra of Golden Light," which is described as a book that should be read by "anyone who wants peace in the world." You can download a free pdf of the book here.